Souks and Deserts of Dubai
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Offering an exciting abundance of attractions, activities, shopping and nightlife, Dubai is a cosmopolitan city that makes for a great short break.
Dubai is a modern city of compelling contrasts and boundless energy. With a unique combination of guaranteed sunshine all year round, sandy white beaches, welcoming atmosphere, diverse culinary experiences, modern infrastructure, and cultural attractions, Dubai offers visitors all the benefits of a cosmopolitan city combined with the magic of traditional Arabia.
- Explore the cosmopolitan city of Dubai
- Visit modern and historically significant city sites
- Sunset dinner safari in the sand dunes
Day 1 Arrive Dubai, private transfer to hotel
Upon arrival you will be met and transferred from the airport to your hotel in a private sedan car. Dubai - the City of Merchants - blends old with new. Glitzy and ostentatious the city is renown for its shopping and for being "over the top" but it also offers some fascinating insight into ancient Arab culture. The capital of the United Arab Emirates is a fascinating mix of tradition and progression, from the magnificent Emirates Palace Hotel and Yas Island Formula 1 Grand Prix Circuit to the majestic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and traditional Heritage Village.
Day 2 In Dubai, half day orientation tour
This fascinating tour provides peeks into Dubai’s rich history, from the Majlis Al Ghorfat, a royal residence built in 1955 and recently restored, to one of the modern world’s most legendary hotels. Your half day excursion takes in sprawling palaces, ancient wind towers and old souqs, the famous Jumeirah Mosque and the Dubai Museum, Al Fahidi Fort (a 200-year-old fortress) and old covered markets. It brings to life Dubai’s importance as a trading hub, pearl diving centre, and bargain haven. Fed by the waters of the Arabian Gulf, the Dubai Creek separates the suburbs of Deira and Bur Dubai. Sailing across its tranquil waters in a traditional abra (a wooden water taxi) the startling contrasts of the city come to life with towering architecture on one side, and small bustling alleyways on the other. (Please note: this city tour operates twice daily except on Fridays when it only runs in the afternoon. Please advise at time of booking whether you prefer morning or afternoon tour.)
Day 3 In Dubai, evening dune dinner safari
Today is at your leisure to explore Dubai city and surrounds. In the late afternoon, leaving behind the crowds and chaos of the city, trained safari guides driving 4x4 vehicles take us on a thrilling journey over towering sand dunes and through the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. The desert is an amazing venue for a magical and memorable evening. There are great photo opportunities as we enjoy the beauty of the desert at dusk. As the sun casts its glow over the soft sands, lanterns come to life in the distance, signalling a traditional welcome to our desert camp. Inside, wonderful local hospitality revives memories of the Arabian Nights with Bedouin-style seating, aromatic water pipes, camel rides, sand art, traditional Arabic attire, henna designers and belly dancers. All of this is accompanied by the haunting strains of classical Arabian music. We dine this evening on a barbecue of grilled meats, fresh salads and delicious Arabic sweets. Selected beverages are included; others are available at additional cost.
Day 4 In Dubai, trip concludes
Your trip concludes this morning with a private transfer from the hotel to the airport.
- 3 breakfasts, 1 dinner
- half day orientation tour of Dubai
- dune dinner safari
- private return airport transfers
- 4 day trip
- 3 nights hotel
Group Size Min
Group Size Max
Specialist gear required include walking shoes and a day pack (a comprehensive gear list is provided in the pre-departure information provided on booking).
What You Carry
We recommend you take a small day pack to carry all the things you need during the day whilst sightseeing or exploring. In your daypack you will need to carry a water bottle, camera gear, valuables and personal items such as sunscreen, lip-eze etc. Women should also carry a sarong or pashmina/ shawl in case you are requested to cover shoulders or hair in mosques or at culturally sensitive sites.